Hello to Instagram dark mode, goodbye to the follow tab

Date:11 October 2019 Author: Kyro Mitchell Tags:, , , , , ,

Scrolling through your Instagram feed late at night is going to get a whole lot easier on your eyes thanks to the much anticipated dark mode feature. Previously only available in the beta builds of the application, dark mode is now available to everyone on iOS 13 and android 10.

In order to get dark mode on Instagram, all you have to do is download the latest version of the application and ensure that you’re running the latest iPhone and Android software. Note that there is no way to willingly toggle Instagram’s dark mode on or off from within the application itself. Instead, Instagram automatically switches to dark mode when you update to the latest version of the app (Version 114.0)

How to enable it

To enable system-wide dark mode on iOS 13, which enables dark mode in Instagram: open your settings and tap the display and brightness menu, then select the dark mode option on the right hand side of the screen.

To enable system-wide dark mode on Android 10, which again, enables Instagram’s dark mode: open your settings, tap the display option, and select the dark mode theme button.


RIP to the following tab

Along with the introduction of dark mode, Instagram have made another significant change to their platform. Earlier this week, the social media giant announced that they will be removing the “following tab”. The feature, which was first introduced back in 2011, allowed users to keep track of their followers activity. As it turns out, the decision to remove the feature comes down to the simple fact that hardly anyone ever used the feature.

While speaking to BuzzFeed News, Instagram’s head of product Vishal Shah said “People didn’t always know that their activity is surfacing, So you have a case where it’s not serving the use case you built it for, but it’s also causing people to be surprised when their activity is showing up.”

Despite Instagram’s stats indicating that no one used the following tab, people on Twitter have overwhelmingly slammed the removal of the tab.

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